Harland and Wolff Welders stay top following late draw against Lurgan Celtic

Ballyclare's William Wharry and Andy Morrow of Bangor
Ballyclare's William Wharry and Andy Morrow of Bangor

Harland and Wolff Welders are one point clear at the top following a 1-1 draw against Lurgan Celtic at Kockrammer Park.

Celtic got off to a flyer when Chris Lavery converted the penalty he had been awarded when he was brought down in the box.

But the Welders hit back in the 90th minute when McLellan kept his nerve from the spot with a penalty which secured a last-gasp point for the league leaders.

Second-placed Ards and Dergview were scoreless at half-time and Ards were reduced to 10 men with 15 minutes to go when Stephen O’Neill got his marching orders. The match was drawing to an inevitable end but Dergview were awarded a penalty in the last minute. Ryan Mayse gratefully accepted the opportunity to give his team the lead and the points with a well taken spot kick.

Larne moved into third spot following their 2-0 home win over Annagh United. The game was scoreless at half-time and the breakthrough goal came late when Larne were awarded a penalty in the 85th minute and Darren Stuart confidently converted.

Thomas Robinson scored the second in added time and the winning run continues for the Invermen.

Bangor’s Andy Morrow headed against the bar just before the interval and Adam McCart struck a post with a header for Ballyclare in the opening minutes of the restart.

Comrades took the lead in the 59th minute when Adam McCart banged a long-range volley home and the Comrades held out to take al three points.

Armagh City opened the scoring against Knockbreda on 22 minutes when following good work from Hoey and Donnelly, Bell finished off the move. Breda levelled from the penalty spot on 75 minutes but the visitors regained the lead two minutes later through Hoey and Campbell added a third deep into injury time.

Lisburn Distillery finished the game with seven men as the red mist descended at Lakeview Park.

Following a scoreless first half Loughgall’s Warner Mullan scored twice from the penalty spot to take the points as Distillery’s discipline deserted them.

Institute recorded their second league win of the season defeating Donegal Celtic 3-1 at Drumahoe.

Meanwhile, in Championship 2 Limavady United top the division after the defeat of fellow league contenders PSNI at Rathmore Road.

Conor Harkin opened the scoring for Vady on 14 minutes. Agnew equalised on 24 minutes but goal-machine Cathair Friel restored Vady’s lead three minutes later. Paul Owens made it 3-1 in the 71st minute and Friel fired home his second for 4-1 before Anderson pulled one back for the Police.

Tobermore United leapfrog the Police and move into second spot on goal difference following their 2-1 defeat of Newington with Curtis and Batista scoring the all important goals.

Bottom club Banbridge Town beat Portstewart 2-0 at Crystal Park to record their first league win of the season. Conor Downey and Ryan Moffat were on the score sheet for jubilant Town.

Elsewhere, Coagh United were beaten 1-0 at home by Sport & Leisure Swifts and Moyola also recorded an away win beating Glebe Rangers 3-1 at The Riada Stadium. Dollingstown also won on the road beating Wakehurst 2-0 at Castledawson whilst Queens University and Dundela played out a scoreless draw at The Dub.